34-19-5 (.650) mark over past three seasons
WAVERLY—The Central College women’s soccer team was knocked out of the Iowa Conference tournament in a 1-0 overtime loss at Wartburg.
The No. 5-seeded Dutch (12-6-2 overall) and the No. 4-seeded Knights (8-10-1 overall) were scoreless through regulation, but less than three minutes into overtime Taylor Woods scored the game-winning goal on a rebound to an open net for the first round win.
“I thought the team gave it their all,” coach Mike Kobylinski said. “I have nothing negative to say about their effort today. Wartburg played great soccer and it was a deserved result. We wish them the best the rest of the way.”
The Dutch held the Wartburg offense at bay despite 25 shot attempts, 14 of which were on goal. Goalkeeper Sydney Lunardi (freshman, Bettendorf, Davenport Assumption HS) made 13 saves in more than 90 minutes before the Knights broke through.
“Sydney had her best game all year,” said Kobylinski. “She was a stud. She played phenomenal and kept us in the game. Sydney played like an upperclassman.”
The Dutch missed out on a goal-scoring opportunity early in the overtime period as a corner kick bounced around in the box before being cleared away by a Wartburg defender.
“It’s always tough to play at Wartburg, but the last 20 minutes of regulation and the first two minutes of overtime were tight,” Kobylinski said. “We had an opportunity to do something, but just couldn’t make it happen.”
Wartburg led in shots (25-5), shots on goal (14-4) and corner kicks (7-1). Forward Alayna Bailey (senior, Des Moines, Hoover HS) led the Central attack with three shots, two on goal, while forward Julie Wunder (senior, Muscatine) accounted for the other two shots.
The outcome signifies the conclusion of six Dutch soccer careers: defenders Hannah Davy (Cottage Grove, Minn., Park HS), Molly Potts (Pleasant Hill, Southeast Polk HS) and Kelsey Schippers (Pella) and forwards Bailey, Alyssa Fuller (Marshalltown) and Wunder.
The seniors exit with the most wins of any graduating class at 36-32-6 en route to three consecutive Iowa Conference tournament appearances.
Bailey finished second in career goals with 47 and tied for second in career points with 101 and in goals in a single season with 19. She is also the all-time appearances leader with 74 games played. Davy is an all-conference honoree and started games at every position except goalkeeper. Schippers is an academic all-Iowa Conference honoree. Fuller, Potts and Wunder lettered all four years at Central. Davy, Fuller and Schippers are all second with 73 appearances, while Wunder and Potts made 71.
“The seniors left a great legacy for our program and because of them Central soccer is on the map,” said Kobylinski. “All of our seniors played outstanding today; every single one of them.”
Kobylinski moved into first on the all-time wins list at Central with 34 over three seasons (34-17-5), while the team matched a school record with 12 wins.
“It was a great year,” Kobylinski said. “What I was most impressed with was the team effort. Someone new stepped up every game. When we do that, we are in every game.”
“It’s day one of next season tomorrow, but we definitely made some great memories this year.”